June 5, 2013 Leave a comment
By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
►►US officials say Comey in line to head FBI. US President Barack Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former senior Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as FBI director, according to people with knowledge of the selection process. The expected nomination of Comey, a Republican, was seen in some quarters as a bipartisan move by a president besieged by Republicans in Congress. But Chuck Hagel’s prior service as a Republican senator from Nebraska did not spare him from a bruising nomination battle for Secretary of Defense.
►►Ex-KGB agent marks fourth year in Canada sanctuary. On June 1, Vancouver’s First Lutheran Church held a fourth anniversary dinner for Burnaby resident and former KGB officer Mikhail Lennikov. June 2 marked four years that Lennikov has been living at the church. He was ordered deported on June 3, 2009 because of his history with the KGB, the former Soviet secret service, although he has argued he poses no threat to Canadian security. Lennikov’s wife and son have been allowed to stay in the country on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and have also been living in the church.
►►Senior US intelligence official gets personal email hacked. In a rather embarrassing slip, the personal email account of Christopher Kojm, chairman of the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), has become the latest victim of the cracker known as Guccifer. The cracker allegedly grabbed email exchanges with 9/11 Commission members, banking information, personal correspondence, and documents covering the latest Obama administration’s transition earlier this year. Classified information doesn’t appear to have been compromised, although no doubt there are some embarrassing tidbits to be had.